My love affair with teeth began in 2003, and early on, I realized the huge impact we can make on others in our community and our friends and family, as well as how rewarding this career can be.
One lesson I learned my first year was understanding my learning style and applying it to how I learned and studied for exams. As a visual learner, I find it most helpful to read through a PowerPoint while following along with the text and images the professor discusses.
As future dentists, we are often asked, “What do you want to be?” or “What do you want to do when you’re finished with school?” What I have realized is that many of us have goals that span many disciplines and interests, and it’s hard for us to choose just one (or even a couple) upon which to build a career.
Over the past few decades, there has been an increased concern of a national dental faculty shortage. The American Dental Education Association published its first report in 1999 outlining this issue and has been tracking the national shortfall since then. Between the 1990s and 2000s, the number of vacant faculty positions increased more than 50 percent.
Dentistry is an art form. The mouth is the canvas, the dental tools are the paintbrush, and the materials are your paint. Put all these together, and you can create some beautiful dental work.
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